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Last year’s runner-up Kyren Wilson talks about his hopes of returning to another Crucible final, facing Ronnie O’Sullivan, shooting pints at his local pool club and having a night out with ‘Rapid’ dart player Ricky Evans

Last updated: 04/15/21 16:29 pm

World Snooker Championship: Kyren Wilson has ambitions to return to Crucible final |  Snooker News



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Kyren Wilson discusses the challenges of playing at the World Championship after losing a stone weight at last year’s tournament in Sheffield

Kyren Wilson discusses the challenges of playing at the World Championship after losing a stone weight at last year’s tournament in Sheffield

Kettering cueman Kyren Wilson says he is set to lose another stone of weight in order to reach his second consecutive World Snooker Championship final, with the tournament kicking off in Sheffield this Saturday.

Only eight months have passed since Wilson lost 18-8 to Ronnie O’Sullivan in his first Crucible final, but, after tasting the grueling 17-day job to go the distance, the 29-year-old want more. as he prepares to make the trip to South Yorkshire.

The former Masters finalist was pitted against Gary Wilson, a former semi-finalist, in the first round of this year’s tournament, but he will have to fend off fierce competition if he is to reach a second straight final, with the likes of Neil Robertson, Judd Trump, Mark Selby and O’Sullivan all vie for the ultimate snooker prize.

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Talk to Sky Sports, Wilson said: “The World Championships are by far the toughest tournament we have had on our tour and it lasts 17 days. I think Stephen Hendry said when you reach the semi-finals you are in fact only halfway through the tournament with the number of images remaining to go.

“I certainly found that out on the day of the final. It certainly takes a lot off of you. I actually lost a stone of weight a little bit ahead and during the tournament so I know how difficult it is. I have also seen how far I can come to win the title so I hope that will hold me in good stead for many years to come.

“The worst part for me is hanging out at the hotel and waiting to play. Playing matches is the most fun part, so it’s probably the stress of guesswork and preparation. I think you have to give it to your body the best possible chance. “

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Wilson says playing Ronnie O’Sullivan in last year’s final was something he had always dreamed of

Wilson says playing Ronnie O’Sullivan in last year’s final was something he had always dreamed of

Wilson had previously knocked out defending champion Judd Trump, before winning an epic semi-final over Anthony McGill to reach last year’s final, where O’Sullivan was in a class of his own to advance to an All-Star title. Stephen Hendry time. record.

“Ronnie is the best ever and playing him in the final is what you dream of doing, but at the same time you have to put that respect aside and do your best to make your dreams come true. . world champion as a snooker player and I was obviously very close, but I learned a lot from this final, ”said the world No.6.

“The level of play seems to improve every year and even the first round of this championship is really tough. You have the 2015 champion, Stuart Bingham, and the two-time former finalist, Ali Carter, who need to qualify for it. .

“It just shows you the caliber of players on the snooker tour these days.”

World Snooker Championship: Kyren Wilson has ambitions to return to Crucible final |  Snooker News

Kettering Cueman Wilson is a huge fan of Ricky Evans’ dance moves

Wilson, who went from bartender to fire when he quit the 2011-13 pro snooker tour, says he learned from his Crucible debut in 2014 where he felt like a “bunny in the headlights” during his first-round loss to Ricky Walden.

‘The Warrior’ insists he doesn’t feel any extra pressure on him this year, but has backed himself up to produce another solid run.

“Maybe there will be an extra eye or two on me this year because of last year’s final, but that doesn’t put any extra expectations on my shoulders,” he said. “I know what I’m capable of and I’ve worked really hard to achieve it.”

7 – Stephen Hendry still holds the record for most world titles, with O’Sullivan a behind for this year’s event

11 – Crucible 147 in history, from Cliff Thorburn in 1983 to John Higgins in 2020. Hendry and O’Sullivan have three each, with Jimmy White, Mark Williams and Ali Carter the other players to achieve the feat

5:08 – O’Sullivan set a 147 fastest break of all time record, five minutes and eight seconds, against Mick Price at the 1997 World Championship

100 – The record for centuries in an edition of the tournament’s main stage, set in 2019. The final between Judd Trump and Higgins presented a single-game record of 11, including seven from Trump

11 – Winners of the “Triple Crown” of snooker, including the World and UK Championships and Masters. Ding Junhui would join this group with victory in Sheffield

980 – Crucible capacity, which is expected to be fully utilized for this year’s finale as part of a trial to relax coronavirus restrictions. The venue will be a full third for the first round, with available capacity gradually increasing throughout the tournament.

1977 – The first year of the event took place at Le Creuset

3 – Paul Collier will referee his third World Championship final, after supervising the matches of 2004 and 2016

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Wilson admits spending an evening with Kettering-born darts star Ricky Evans

Wilson admits spending an evening with Kettering-born darts star Ricky Evans

Wilson may no longer shoot pints at his local pool club in Northampton, but he still goes there to practice.

“They were great to me and at a time when I didn’t have a dime in my name, they gave me all the facilities to train, and of course, let me have lunch at the club for free and little ones. things like that, ”says a grateful Wilson.

“When local clubs do this for the community and a young talent it can really go a long way. I am very grateful to Barratts for that.”

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Evans goes from 304 to zero in under 20 seconds, as he hits a 180 and a 124 checkout, either side of Rowby-John Rodriguez’s maximum

Evans goes from 304 to zero in under 20 seconds, as he hits a 180 and a 124 checkout, either side of Rowby-John Rodriguez’s maximum

Being from Kettering, Wilson is a huge fan of golfer Charley Hull, in addition to being good friends with “Rapid” dart player Ricky Evans.

“He’s brilliant,” Wilson smirked. “His dance steps are fantastic. I went out with him in the evening!

“I go to Alexandra Palace for the world championship every year, so (PDC president) Barry Hearn kindly sorts me tickets. I love darts.

“I obviously want Ricky to break through and win a great title and I think once he does he will be in the top ranks and in the Premier League. He would be a fantastic addition to the Premier League.”

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